Susan said, “Bruce, do we still have some cauliflower from our Christmas Eve Party? If so, listen to this recipe from Melissa Clark. She writes;”
“The beauty of a soup like this — other than its bone-warming properties — is that you don’t need a recipe. You can pretty much simmer together any combination of vegetables with a little water or broth, purée it, top it with good olive oil and salt, and end up with something good to eat. The addition of miso paste and crushed coriander to the broth, and fresh lemon and cilantro at the end, zips things up without negating the comfort factor.”
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for serving
- 1 large white onion, peeled and diced (2 cups)
- 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 5 medium carrots (1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
- 3 tablespoons white miso
- 1 small (or half of a large) head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, more to taste
- Smoky chile powder, for serving (I added this right before using my immersion blender.)
- Coarse sea salt, for serving
- Cilantro leaves, for serving
- Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (my addition)
- In a large, dry pot over medium heat, toast coriander seeds until fragrant and dark golden-brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and coarsely crush.
- Return the pot to medium heat. Add the oil and heat until warm. Stir in onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly colored, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Add carrots, crushed coriander, salt and 6 cups water to the pot. Stir in the miso until it dissolves. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and cook, covered, over medium-low heat until the vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the soup from the heat. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup until smooth. (Alternatively, you can let soup cool slightly then purée it in batches in a food processor or blender.) If necessary, return the puréed soup to the heat to warm through. Stir in the lemon zest and juice just before serving. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with chile, sea salt and cilantro leaves.
So DELICIOUS! I served it with homemade French Bread.
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